MONTICELLO SCHOOLS TO REQUIRE FACE COVERINGS - BUT NOT VACCINNATIONS -FOR SEPTEMBER REOPENING
The Monticello Central School District, the largest in Sullivan County, is expected to return to five day, in-person learning in September with a requirement that all students and staff wear face coverings to protect against Covid-19.
A formal announcement will be published later this week.
"At this time, there is no plan for a vaccine mandate or for remote instruction," said Courtney Bonfante, the school district's public information officer, in response to a question about the plans from The SullivanTimes today.
"Our reopening plan will be based upon CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) guidance in the absence of guidance from NYS (New York State)," Bonfante said. "We expect to have a formal plan published by the end of this week, however, the expectation is full, five-day in person learning, with face coverings for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. We'll also continue to use COVID mitigation measures like social distancing, hand sanitizer, etc. "
Soon after receiving the statement from the school district, the Sullivan County Government confirmed that the CDC this week moved the county from "substantial" risk of heightened Covid transmission to "high" risk."